Started in 2004 by OCA-Greater Houston, Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFEST) was created to celebrate the AAPI community through edutainment, highlighting AAPI in the entertainment industry and providing a platform for them to share their artistic vision and experiences.

-Grand Jury Prize - Narrative Feature Film
-Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Feature Film
-Grand Jury Prize - Narrative Short Film
-Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Short Film
-Audience Award - Narrative Feature Film
-Audience Award - Documentary Feature Film
-Audience Award - Narrative Short Film
-Audience Award - Documentary Short Film

The Film Festival will only accept shorts (length = 40 minutes or less) and feature films (length = longer than 40 minutes) that fulfill either of the following required criteria:
1. The film must either be directed by, produced by, or feature an Asian or Asian American/Pacific Islander and/or
2. The content of the entry must contain material that relates to the Asian or Asian American/Pacific Islander culture/experience.

Please include a press kit with your entry, including (electronic version ONLY):
• Still images (Please provide captions and photo credits for all images)
• Synopsis
• Director’s biography/photo
• Director’s filmography
• Director’s statement
• Cast and crew listing
• Trailer (if available)

(If your film is selected, the Festival will also request the following items: posters, video clips.)

The official entry submission deadline is February 8th, 2019. Filmmakers selected for the festival will be notified via email by March 1st, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • harleen singh

    HAAPI festival and its team members are doing some fantastic work not just for the filmmakers but community at large. The team of volunteers and organizers were dedicated to the cause and worked tirelessly to make the festival a success. Its held in summers, so weather is a small concern , but other than that it was smooth.

    June 2018
  • Brian Yang

    We love HAAPIFF! Can't wait to participate again!

    June 2018
  • Arnold Chun

    A great festival dedicated to showcasing up and coming Asian American Directors and established ones.

    June 2017